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My book events and purchase links

I hope to see you. Contact me if interested in an event at shanny4055@aol.com.

Purchase links: Raye of Light and The Right Thing To Do or visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report

Purchase links for my childrens book: Bubba’s Dad, Duffy and College Football’s Underground Railroad on Amazon.

Bubba’s Dad, Duffy and College Football’s Underground Railroad on Barnes and Noble

RAYE OF LIGHT was used as research for the NFL 360 Emmy Award-winning film, “The Indelible Legacy of Jimmy Raye.”

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SATURDAY, SEMPTEMBER 21, 2024

Hammes Book Store, Notre Dame campus, 11:30 am to 2 pm. Kickoff is 3:30, Miami of Ohio.

1 Notre Dame Book Store, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Notre Dame All-American players Vagas Ferguson and Luther Bradley, teammates on the Irish’s 1977 national title team, will join me for a book event and book signing.

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My books document stories about the true pioneers of college football integration in the 1960s who blazed a trail. They made college football integration fait accompli by 1970, but myths and fiction about the 1970 USC-Alabama game and Bear Bryant’s secret plan has unjustly shoved the true pioneers into the shadows. The popular misconception worked its way into the national folklore with the aid of poorly researched sports writing.

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When I spoke at the National Sports Media Association Book Festival at Bookmarks I made the statement, “No two books better tell the true story of college football integration than “Raye of Light” and “The Right Thing To Do.”

Listen to audio here: Book Festival (youtube.com)

I’ll put my research up against anybody, anytime, anywhere.

It’s an injustice to the true pioneers of college football integration who paid a price in the 1960s to steer credit to Bear Bryant, Sam Cunningham and one game, the 1970 USC-Alabama game. The myths Thanks to the true pioneers, college football integration was fait accompli by 1970.

The line of figures blazing a trail starts with Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty assembling college football’s first fully integrated rosters and his assistant coaches who followed his blueprint as ahead coaches coast to coach. Courageous southern pioneers include Maryland’s Darryl Hill, Wake Forest’s Bob Brant, Houston’s Warren McVea, Southern Methodist’s Jerry Levias, Kentucky’s Wilbur Hackett, Tennessee’s Lester McClain and Auburn’s James Owens.

The premise of the 1970 USC-Alabama game as a singular moment can be shattered by the fact on the same night, the ABC-TV national game of the week was No. 10-ranked Stanford’s upset of No. 4 Arkansas at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Stanford’s star was Hillary Shockley, a Black fullback, with 149 total yards and three touchdowns.

— TOM SHANAHAN

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TUESDAY, MAY 7

Boulder Book Store, Boulder Colorado.

After the book event Colorado 1961 teammates John Meadows (L) and Joe Romig (C) signed books with me.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2024

Okemos, Michigan

Michigan State All-American offensive lineman Jerry West joined me to sign books.

Schuler’s Books is located at the Meridian Mall in Okemos, near Michigan State’s campus.

Click here for Lansing CBS station’s Channel 6 coverage of the book-signing event.

Click here for video produced by Michigan State student Campbell Berg

Click here for my appearance on The Drive with Jack

Click here for a podcast appearance on The Spiro Avenue Show

MARCH 12-14

London Book Festival

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29

MSU Club of West Michigan, Winter Tailgate, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Michigan State All-American offensive lineman Jerry West joined me to sign books.


Thanks to MSU Club of West Michigan to invite me to sell books on Michigan State history alongside Jack Ebling, long-time sportswriter and author and host of “The Drive with Jack.”

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024

Artworks, Big Rapids, Michigan

My story recapping my trip home for a book signing, speaking at Riverview Elementary and Chippewa Hills High, appearing on the Carlleen Rose Show and the book signing at ArtWorks in downtown Big Rapids.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2024

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Big Rapids Riverview Elementary School and Chippewa Hills High

Third-grade students at Riverview Elementary School posed with me.

English class taught by Geryl Lobert at Chippewa Hills High School, Remus, Michigan.

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November 22, 2023

MSU Alumni Club, Riverside, California chapter

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort, Indian Wells, California

Michigan State Hall of Famer Steve Garvey, a Palm Desert, California resident, attended the MSU Alumni Riverside Club event.

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June 26, 2023

National Sports Media Association Book Festival

Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Website: Bookmarks (bookmarksnc.org)

Listen to audio here: Book Festival (youtube.com)

ABOVE: I was proud to join Andrew Maraniss (L) and David Maraniss (R) at the National Sports Media Association Book Festival.

BELOW: Another heavyweight at the NSMA Book Festival was Terence Moore.

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March 14, 2023

RALEIGH SPORTS CLUB, weekly meeting

Highland Methodist Church, Raleigh, N.C.

Click here for Raleigh Sports Club luncheon video: Honoring Earle Edwards’ legacy and connection to Duffy Daugherty – Tom Shanahan Report

L-R: NC State hisatorian Tim Peeler, NC State pioneer player Charley Young and author Tom Shanahan

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My books tell the true story of college football integration in the 1960s and address the myths and fiction that allowed a false narrative surrounding the 1970 USC-Alabama game to usurp the credit.

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